Absolutely! As long as you have an eager canine ready for action, you can compete paw-to-paw with enthusiasts of all skill levels. That holds true for nearly all Skyhoundz events (including Qualifiers). Only at the World Championship are you required to pre-qualify to compete.
The World Championship has been held in cities all over the U.S. including Washington, D.C., New York, Atlanta, Orlando, and Dallas. Chattanooga, Tennessee is the current home of the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship. Each September, in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, the best disc dogs in the world battle for World Championship titles at Chattanooga's AT&T Field.
More than 200 teams from all over the world will qualify to compete. Most will journey to Chattanooga to battle for World Championship titles.
The Skyhoundz World Championship now includes the Skyhoundz Classic World Championship (including Open, Sport, MicroDog, Pairs Freestyle, and Youth Divisions) as well as the Skyhoundz DiscDogathon and Xtreme Distance World Championships. Eighteen World Championship titles are on the line.
Each World Championship is unique, exciting, and great fun to watch. The best teams in the world always put on a great show for spectators. Whether you are watching the small dogs battle it out in the MicroDog division, the exciting acrobatics of the Pairs Freestyle teams, or the insanely long throws of the Xtreme Distance World Championship, there is something for everyone at the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship.
In order to minimize distractions to the competing teams, spectators are asked not to bring their pets to the World Championship.
Teams qualify for the World Championship by finishing in the top positions at Hyperflite Skyhoundz Qualifying events held in the U.S., Canada, Belgium, Italy, France, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan.
Awards and Hyperflite apparel, discs, and other products are provided to all competitors who qualify for and attend the World Championship. The top teams receive heirloom-quality trophies and have their names permanently inscribed on the Skyhoundz Cup, the "Stanley Cup" of canine disc sports. To ensure that the focus is always on the well-being of competing canines, monetary prizes are not awarded at the World Championship.
This is the 39th consecutive year in which a canine disc World Championship has been held.
Teaching your dog to catch a flying disc is not that difficult. For tips and techniques from the pros, visit the Skyhoundz website at www.skyhoundz.com. Hyperflite's canine disc training offerings — which include "Disc Dog Training DVD," the most informative and action-packed canine training DVD ever created, and "Disc Dogs! The Complete Guide," a 358 page training treatise — will be available at the World Championship, through the Skyhoundz store at www.skyhoundz.com, and as a digital eBook on the Apple iBookstore.
Any dog can make a great disc dog. In fact, most of the dogs competing at the World Championship were family pets long before they were champion disc dogs. Past World Champions have included many popular breeds as well as a sizable contingent of mutts adopted from shelter and rescue organizations. You can't go wrong with a shelter mutt as Hyperflite Co-founder Jeff Perry loves to say. And he should know. Perry's mixed breed animal shelter adoptee "Gilbert" won the World Championship back in 1989.